What will I be doing?
Core curriculum enhanced by Specialized Courses. Students’ curriculum as a biology major will be formed by a two-year core of biology courses (e.g., General Biology I and II, Genetics, Evolution), chemistry and math, which are then complemented by two years in specialized, selected upper-level offerings (e.g., Animal Behavior, Aquatic Biology, Cell Biology, Ecology, Immunology, Molecular Genetics), and chemistry and physics options.
Thomas More likes to promote that there are “no wrong choices” with the courses students select as a biology major their first two years, because TMU asks all students to form their foundational knowledge before taking their upper-level courses.
Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Arts. Students have the option to choose a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) or a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree, in which the student and their faculty advisor will discuss and understand the best decision for them. Both offer advantages (B.S. provides the most science coursework, while the B.A. allows more curriculum flexibility) and will allow the student diverse career opportunities.
Options for a Personalized Curriculum Based on Individual Interests and Career Goals. Within both of Thomas More’s biology degrees (B.A. and B.S.), numerous tracks and concentrations exist. Concentrations (Cellular & Molecular Biology, Organismic Biology, and Ecological Biology) allow students to take additional coursework in an area of biology. Tracks are geared toward a career preparation based on professional program requirements and include pre-medical, pre-dental, pre-physical therapy, pre-pharmacy, pre-physician assistant, pre-genetic counseling, pre-veterinary medicine, pre-forensic biology, and pre-marine biology.
Who will I be learning from?
Thomas More’s faculty are trained in diverse areas of expertise, and this is shared with students through research and teaching excellence. Students will gain their biological training – both in breadth and depth – from faculty who are experts in all areas of our curriculum, including biochemistry, immunology, and molecular and population genetics (Cellular and Molecular Biology), in addition to faculty who are highly trained in anatomy and physiology, botany, ichthyology, and microbiology (Organismal Biology), while Thomas More also has faculty experts in marine biology, terrestrial plant ecology, animal behavior, and freshwater biology (Ecological Biology).
Where do alumni work or pursue advanced degrees?
Thomas More’s recent graduates have entered professional programs (e.g., medical, dental, pharmacy, physical therapy) at many institutions, including the University of Louisville, University of Pennsylvania, Washington University (St. Louis), Ohio State University, University of Kentucky, Emory University, and Auburn University.
Additionally, many alumni have entered graduate programs, pursuing a wide variety of research interests, at Miami University, University of Florida, Rutgers University, Johns Hopkins University, Eastern Kentucky University, and the University of Cincinnati.
Graduates of Thomas More’s program can also be found in successful careers in very diverse organizations, including: St. Elizabeth Healthcare, Proctor and Gamble, ORSANCO, AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals, and Cincinnati Children’s Hospital.
What careers will be open to me?
With a biology degree, a multitude of careers become open to students. A small sampling includes the following: anesthesiologist, aquatic biologist, biochemist, biology professor, biomedical researcher, botanist, conservation director and educator, data scientist, dentist, ecologist, entomologist, environmental lawyer, environmental scientist, epidemiologist, food and drug scientist, forensic biologist, forester, genetic counselor, horticulturist, immunologist, marine biologist, microbiologist, molecular biologist, occupational therapist, optometrist, pharmacist, pharmaceutical sales, health specialist, physical therapist, physician, physician assistant, podiatrist, researcher (in many fields), science teacher, scientific writer, veterinarian, wildlife biologist, zoologist, and more.